Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has revealed the pain he felt at some of the club’s performances this season but believes a win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final can ease the burden.
The Gunners take on the Premier League Champions on Saturday evening at Wembley Stadium knowing that it could be one last chance to save what has been a below-par 2016/17.
Arsene Wenger's men failed to finish in the top four and qualify for the UEFA Champions League, and, despite a strong late surge in the league – have much to prove.
As such, Bellerin understands the enormity of the encounter. He told the Daily Mail, "You get the perks of football and the cons. That's one of the things that's going to happen. When you're angry you can say something you don't mean. Everyone's got their opinion and sometimes it's going to hurt.
"We're going to grab our chance because we need to make amends for the rest of the season and hopefully go home with the FA Cup. The fans will be happy and we'll be happy as players. When you're a kid thinking of being a footballer you're thinking about lifting trophies."